Dodging domestic violence leave shows this government’s opinion of women

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Why should pollies do anything about saving lives when wearing ribbons is so much cheaper? Brisbane Times Andrew P Street Domestic violence is one of those things for which governments of all levels and sides like to express their righteous condemnation, provided that it’s done in cost-effective ways like wearing ribbons and making empty statements to the media. For conservative governments in particular, their zeal… Dodging domestic violence leave shows this… Read More »

No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To ‘Economic Morons’

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Australia is headed towards a recession, aided by a federal government that appears to know not what it is doing, writes Ian McAuley. New Matilda Ian McAuley The National Accounts released last week confirm what economists already know: the Australian economy is in poor shape. The headline news is the 0.5 per cent quarterly fall in… No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To… Read More »

Ripping Apart Pigs And Punching Kangaroos

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Punching a kangaroo is one thing. New Matilda Geoff Russell Mauling and then stabbing a pig is another altogether, writes Geoff Russell. A video went viral recently of a man punching… Ripping Apart Pigs And Punching… Read More »

Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is continuing torment

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Malcolm Turnbull should be actively defending independent statutory officers, not standing by and allowing them to be torn down for doing their job The Guardian Mark Dreyfus The inability to handle criticism is always a sign of utmost weakness. That is as true for government as it is for people. It’s why the hatred this government shows for… Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is… Read More »

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

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Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path. Al Jazeera by Massoumeh Torfeh@massoumehtorfeh Tajikistan may be a small country in Central Asia, but it was once hailed by the United Nations as one of the… Tajikistan: The success… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

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The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Harsh reality is: do the crime, do the time

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The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on prisoners in Australia shows a worrying upwards trend of more people serving time. The Examiner The number of people in Australian prisons jumped for the fifth straight year, with almost 39,000 people in jail in 2016 – up 8 per cent from the same time in 2015, 10 per cent in 2014 and 7 per cent in 2013. It’s worth noting that according to the ABS, that… Harsh reality is: do the crime, ... Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

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There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

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Breathing is not just for oxygen; it’s now linked to brain function and… Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and… Neuroscience News  Northwestern University These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the… Rhythm of Breathing… Read More »

The Turkey-EU fallout

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Can relations between the EU and Turkey be mended? Al Jazeera News Galip Dalay On November 24, 2016, The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in favour of freezing Turkey’s EU membership accession process. This issue will be on the table for… The Turkey-EU… Read More »

Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing populism is beatable

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Just look at Austria, and at Clinton’s success in the popular vote. The Guardian Cas Mudde Politicians of the centre and left must change the narrative to sell their progressive values unday was the first time in 2016 that I was happy to be… Liberalism need not be on the retreat – rightwing… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

No country with a McDonald’s can remain a democracy

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The best way to combat the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Farage and the politics they represent is to rescue power from the grip of transnational corporations The Guardian George Monbiot A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and… No country with a McDonald’s can remain a… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?


The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »